There had been some question in the aftermath of Josh Hamilton’s much publicized relapse whether he would make it to spring training on time, but according to general manager Jon Daniels, the team expects the 2010 American League MVP to be present when things kick off in Surprise, Arizona.
After admitting to the relapse at a Dallas area bar a few weeks ago, Hamilton was required to meet with doctors with Major League Baseball’s after-care program as well as doctors from the MLB Players’ Association, but it appears unlikely that the league will pursue any further action that might delay Hamilton’s arrival.
The aforementioned incident also adds a layer of complexity to the team’s ongoing contract talks with Hamilton, who can become a free agent after the 2012 season.
That said, the Rangers’ chief concern remains the well-being of Hamilton.
"His health and his family are the priorities," Daniels said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We're not going to pre-empt that for anything about a contract."